Perfume is delicate: The fragrance oils, essential oils, and alcohols in perfume can easily break down, causing the scent to change or disappear. A name-brand is an expensive purchase, and the buyer usually intends for it to last for a long time. However, when a fragrance turns, whether from excess heat or simply sitting too long, it can smell completely different than at the time of purchase. Larger bottles of perfume, which take longer to use up, are even more susceptible to the effects of poor storage. So, it might actually be cost effective to buy a smaller bottle. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to store perfume correctly. Check with individual brands for general shelf life information. If stored properly, most perfumes keep their scent for at least one to two years before degrading.
1. Do Keep Perfume Bottles Away From Direct Light Well-designed perfume bottles made from glass are tempting to display out in the open. However, direct sunlight can quickly degrade the perfume. Some packaged in dark or opaque bottles can be left out, and some bathrooms may be dark enough to keep the perfume in good condition, but it is often not worth the risk. Generally, the darker the location, the better a perfume will keep. If a perfume or essential oil blend is stored in an amber colored bottle, rather than a clear glass bottle, that will actually help keep the oil blend from direct sunlight and thus will preserve the perfume for longer.
2. Don't Expose Perfume Bottles to Heat Heat, like light, breaks down the chemical bonds that give a perfume its scent. Direct heat is not only bad for the fragrance, but it can warp or melt plastic bottles, and even lower heat over the long term breaks down perfume. It is crucial to keep a perfume collection away from any heat vents or radiators.
3. Do Store Perfume at a Consistent Temperature It may seem like a good idea to store perfume in a refrigerator, where it is safe from all heat and light. However, this method can be just as bad for perfume: The constant temperature fluctuations from removing the perfume from the fridge to use it and then replacing it destroy the perfume. While a cool environment is best, anything that is significantly colder than room temperature puts stress on the perfume.
4. Do Keep Perfume Away from Humidity Most people store perfume in the bathroom, where it is used most often. Unfortunately, excessive humidity can break down perfume, and when the bath or shower turns on and disperses hot water throughout the room, it is bad for the perfume. In fact, even makeup stored in a humid bathroom also breaks down more quickly. Bathroom storage is acceptable only if there is a cabinet or corner safe from steam. When in doubt, find a space in a dry room, like the bedroom, for storage.
5. Don't Open and Close Perfume Excessively Because air, humidity, and temperature changes can affect perfume, it should be kept with its cap on and sealed in its protective bottle as much as possible. Some brands even use bottle designs that cannot be opened and can only be sprayed, which is the safest for preserving the fragrance. Use the atomizer spray for a perfume as much as possible, and avoid opening and closing the bottle too often. Exposing the perfume to its environment damages it.
6. Don't Shake Perfume Bottles It is a myth that perfume must be shaken before use. In fact, the opposite is true: Unless the manufacturer states otherwise, perfumes are combined to remain evenly mixed, if stored properly. Shaking the bottle not only incorporates air throughout, thereby accelerating its breakdown, but it can also lead to breakage of delicate glass bottles. Keep the perfume ritual simple.
7. Do Use Applicators as Little as Possible Perfumes that are not sprayed or misted are applied with a roller ball or by dabbing an applicator wand to the skin. These types of applications can actually introduce small amounts of dirt and oils back into the perfume bottle. While many women prefer the precision of using an applicator, using a spray is better for the perfume. Women who feel strongly about direct application can find disposable applicator wands, which will not introduce new oils into the perfume after each use. Women can also wash off the applicator after each use, to keep it clean and free from contaminants.
8. Don't Store Fragile Bottles on High Shelves Perfume manufacturers spend a lot of time designing the perfect bottle. Often, the latter is a small work of art in of itself, and many people love to display theirs. Not only is this bad because it exposes the bottle to light, but it can also lead to more spills and breaks. And remember, hot air rises, and too much heat damages that beloved bottle of exlusive and expensive perfumes. Because perfume bottles are small and light, they are easily knocked over. Bottles that do not break get jarred, which can affect the perfume as well.
9. Do Use Linen Closets or Decorative Boxes Linen closets are a great place to store fragrances. They are dark, free from excessive humidity, and they keep perfume bottles protected from bumps and falls. Unfortunately, not all women have the space in a linen closet, and a high-use closet can lead to more chances for an accident to happen. Decorative boxes are another good way to store perfume. The boxes protect the bottle from any environmental factors and may be easily moved and stored. Keep the cap on so as to avoid accidentally dispersing the scent throughout the room.
10. Do Buy a Travel Container If possible, purchase a small bottle to carry. Many popular perfume brands sell popular fragrances in travel-friendly bottles. Otherwise, buy an empty bottle or, better yet, use a clean sample atomizer. Spray or pour a small amount of the perfume into this bottle. Since it will be subject to movement by necessity, setting aside a portion keeps the rest of the original perfume safe at home. Women who like to re-apply perfume throughout the day should definitely consider a small, travel bottle to take with them.
There you have it... our 10 Dos and Donts of Storing Perfume.